The 2013 NBA draft and be characterized in one word: Chaotic. The Detroit Pistons managed to stay out of the draft night chaos but still managed to surprise fans anyway with their picks. Here are the 2013 NBA draft Detroit Pistons draft results:
The Pistons selected Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. This caused some controversy as the Pistons had been rumored to take University of Michigan Point Guard Trey Burke. When Burke fell to the 9th spot, fans were overjoyed. When the pick was announced, fans were stunned. Joe Dumars explained the pick to David Mayo of MLive this way:
Trey is an excellent player, somebody that I know extremely well and am very close to,” Dumars said. “But we have specific needs that we had to fill and the draft really doesn’t come down to a popularity contest, it comes down to teams trying to fill their needs. So that’s what we did tonight. That’s the decision we made tonight, that we were going to fill our needs.
With their second round pick the Pistons selected forward Tony Mitchell. He is a 6′ 9″ small forward from North Texas who averages 13.9 points as a Sophomore. Mitchell was projected as a potential mid first round pick but got lost in the shuffle when teams started trading and drafting for other teams. Mitchell figures to be a back-up in the front court. He has been described as a freak athlete with raw talent. Mitchell attended the draft and was happy to be selected by the Pistons.
“I didn’t even think I was going to be selected by the Pistons but everything happens for a reason and I’m blessed to even be in this position”
2nd Round pick #26 (56 overall) – Peyton Siva, Point Guard, Louisville
With their second pick in the second round the Pistons selected Peyton Siva from Louisville. Siva, nicked named the slammin Samoan by his fans, was the heart and soul of the Louisville Cardinals NCAA Championship team. The senior point guard will back-up Brandon Knight at the point and doesn’t figure to start this year but gives the Pistons depth on the wings.